American Indian landowners and black farmers who for years have waited for Washington to address their claims of government mistreatment won a hard-fought victory as Congress cleared legislation to pay the groups $4.6 billion to settle a pair of hist
Former House majority leader Tom DeLay, the Texan architect of Republican power in Congress, was convicted Wednesday of illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to home-state legislative candidates in 2002.
Campaign finance reports, lobbying documents and corporate records show a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona Senate Bill 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the private prison industry.
A licensing program for anyone taking bets on the Internet would be established by a bill receiving a public hearing this afternoon before the House Financial Services committee.
Georgia was lauded four years ago by conservatives for passing one of the nation's toughest sex offender laws. But the state has had to significantly -- and without fanfare -- scale back its once-intense restrictions.
Daniel Okrent believes the lesson to be learned from Prohibition is that the government can't legislate against people's appetites.
Sometimes laws meant to help don't do anything at all, but in some cases they make the situation much worse, and by much worse I mean they completely backfire and cause bigger problems than whatever it is they were trying to fix in the first place.